Fire Corps® is a national grassroots effort to help fire/EMS departments enhance their services by engaging with community members to assist with non-emergency tasks. Whether they are conducting fire prevention and life safety education, installing smoke alarms, writing grants, managing a department’s social media, or a myriad of other activities, community volunteers can make a real difference. Utilizing community support helps departments increase their capacity and allows first responders to focus on operational duties, training, and emergencies.
Fire Corps is administered by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). Through this program, the NVFC works to create valuable resources to foster local Fire Corps teams and increase department support. Resources available on this site include:
- Training for departments and volunteers through the NVFC’s Virtual Classroom
- Tools for departments to recruit for their Fire Corps program as well as a public web site to allow potential volunteers to find local opportunities through the NVFC’s Make Me A Firefighter campaign
- Information to start and implement a Fire Corps program
- Information to recruit for and promote a local program
- Tools to help potential volunteers get involved
Click here if you are a DEPARTMENT or FIRE CORPS ADMINISTRATOR wishing to learn more and access resources to start, implement, expand, or recruit for a program.
Click here if you are a prospective VOLUNTEER wishing to learn more or find an opportunity.
History of Fire Corps
Fire Corps initially formed under the national Citizen Corps initiative, which was designed to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies. Since it was launched by the NVFC in 2004, Fire Corps has helped local fire and EMS departments across the U.S. build more capacity through the use of non-operational volunteers and has helped connect community members with fire service volunteer opportunities.